Rosebowl Soccer Campaign Report
The 2018 campaign for the Rosebowl Soccer saw a very strong contingent of athletes take the field with a myriad of impressive performances, particularly dominating in attack and holding down the fort with an aggressive defence. The trialling process for the team began in early June and positions on the team were hotly contested due to an incredible display of athletic prowess from all age groups of the college. The resulting team was a mix of players with varying experience, from international representatives to novitiates with no game time under their belts.
Training commenced mid-June with the positive team environment building momentum in the lead up to the first game. The Countless early mornings and late nights spent running drills entrenched the proud mateship in the St Andrew’s team. Tragedy struck when prior to the first game, freshman, Nora Peat, injured her knee, rendering her unable to play. This lead to the late selection of American exchange student, Julia Dorsch, who would throw herself into the team at the eleventh hour.
Game one against St. John’s approached quickly and the team took to field with the game being not just the first of the season, but their first performance together as a team. The Drew’s team secured the first win with a 6-0 scoreline, featuring a hat trick from sophomore Nicki Flannery. Special mentions must go to heavies Luci Hughes in defence and Susannah Cooke in goals for destroying their first ever minutes in a competitive football match.
Game two against Sancta, two days later, got off to a rockier start, with Sancta being awarded a penalty within the first few minutes of the game, putting Drews 1-0 down. This did not deter the spirit of the blue and white and a big effort was made to end the game with a 5-2 scoreline. Freshman, Annabel Martin, and Sophomore, Sophie Saunders, played an impressive style of football which helped drive the team to victory.
Game three against Women’s College was always going to be a tough game. Drew’s confidently kicked up a 2-0 lead in the first half but allowed the opposition to creep back into the game by conceding and going 2-1. Through hard work at the top of the pitch by heavies, Alex Raine and Alix Leighton, and more than her fair share of sensational saves at the other end by the rookie goalkeeper, Susannah Cooke, the game ended at 4-2.
The final against Wesley saw St Andrew’s with the rare opportunity to secure the cup and the Rosebowl title for the year in just 5 sports. Dominating the game with a 3-0 win, defenders Emma Seton, Victoria Lowe, and Airlie Blackman ensured that no Wesley attackers would bear down on our goal. A strong performance in the midfield from Jessica Owens, Emily Cooke, and Julia Dorsch ensured our strikers were getting all the opportunities to put the game to bed.
The success of this 2018 squad is a direct result of their hard work, determination, and willingness to take invaluable knowledge from coach Clare Hunt. It has been an honour and a privilege to captain this team and I could not have wished for a better group of women to spend this campaign with.
Georgia Boric (Fr 2017), Rosebowl Soccer Coach for the St Andrew’s Team 2018